Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife
Great scrambling for kids.
What makes this route special is the landscape. From the trail, visitors can see large rock formations called hoodoos, tunnels, arches, cliffs, waterfalls, and lofty views. Expect rocky terrain on this natural, single use trail.
Need to Know
Should you venture off the trail, there are areas where the rocks can be slick from trickling water and the ground can be muddy.
From the parking area, expect a trailhead that veers into the woods then splits. Travelers can go right or left as the trail is a loop and will bring you back to this location.
When following the trail to the left at this split, expect a stretch through woods that opens into large rock formations. Here you'll see the "Keyhole" and "Terrapin," both of which are lovely and amazing areas. Continue on down the stairs and the trail will take you to Pickle Creek and eventually Pickle Springs.
The rolling trail will eventually begin to curve back around to the trailhead. The way is rolling, so you'll experience a bit of elevation change on the way out and on the way back. The grade is quite gentle though.
Along the way, be sure to stop at the bluffs and enjoy the view.
Flora & Fauna
There are amazing ferns and mosses found only in this area left over from the Mississippian Era. Typical pines, and oak will shade your journey. If you should find yourself off trail, look out for cactus as well.